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Evidence shows that Amazon purchased Siri competitor Evi for $26 million

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Evidence shows that Amazon purchased Siri competitor Evi for $26 million
With speculation bubbling that Amazon is working on a smartphone, evidence shows that the online retailer purchased Siri competitor Evi for $26 million late last year. Evi, which is currently available from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, was almost kicked out of the App Store for being too similar to Siri. Amazon could be planning to combine Evi with voice recognition technology acquired this past January when the company acquired Ivona. Right now, the app uses Nuance's voice recognition technology and True Knowledge’s search engine

Screenshots from the Android version of Evi
Screenshots from the Android version of Evi

Screenshots from the Android version of Evi

The evidence showing that Amazon has acquired Evi includes paperwork that shows that the directors of UK based Evi Technologies Ltd directors have been replaced by Amazon's legal representative in the U.K. Amazon's Company Secretary in the U.K., Mitre Secretaries Ltd, has the same title at Evi Technologies Ltd. Annual reports for VC firm Octopus Ventures shows that all of the firm's funds have sold their Evi Technologies shares.

So what is the game plan for Amazon? The most obvious thought is that the technology will be used for a new Amazon smartphone. Like the Amazon Kindle Fire, we can expect that there will be no Google apps anywhere on such a device which means Evi could be used as a replacement for Google Now.

source: TechCrunch

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posted on 18 Apr 2013, 12:08 6

1. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5150; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


I'm very angry when I read this, "was almost kicked out of the App Store for being too similar to Siri."

I mean, seriously Apple? Can't you just let the iUsers have their own freedom? Don't forget Apple, your Siri is not the best!

Apple thinks that they are the boss!

By the way, Welcome Evi! :)

posted on 18 Apr 2013, 12:27 5

2. Ninetysix (Posts: 1437; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Look up the meaning of the word "almost".

posted on 18 Apr 2013, 12:41 1

4. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5150; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


"almost" also means that it was almost kicked out, "almost"!

This means that Evi has 90% to be kicked out, Apple "almost" kicked out Evi!

posted on 18 Apr 2013, 13:20 2

8. ZeroCide (Posts: 683; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)


Evil?

posted on 18 Apr 2013, 13:25 2

10. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5150; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


It's Evi, not evil!

lol Can you see the difference?

Evi!
Evil

posted on 18 Apr 2013, 12:34 3

3. Evil.Bunny (Posts: 41; Member since: 29 Feb 2012)


on top of it, siri was also an app in the app store...apple just bought the company and pumped in more money.

posted on 18 Apr 2013, 12:46 3

5. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5150; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Oh I see.......

But can't they just give some freedom for the iUsers? That's why many iUsers jailbreak their iPhone, Apple products have too many limitations, and it makes the iOS no freedom!

posted on 18 Apr 2013, 12:55 4

6. omarr (banned) (Posts: 149; Member since: 15 Sep 2012)


I think that Evi is the daughter of Siri
And who is dad ?
John Terry

posted on 18 Apr 2013, 13:41

12. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Google is the dad!

posted on 18 Apr 2013, 13:08

7. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1047; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


Would an Amazon phone be able to access all android apps? Or restricted?

posted on 18 Apr 2013, 13:21

9. ZeroCide (Posts: 683; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)


26 Million for a gimick feature seems kinda alot.

posted on 18 Apr 2013, 13:44

13. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


They could've invested a third of this, thus making the most advanced and used by NASA or governments or spy gadgets

posted on 18 Apr 2013, 13:36 1

11. DaNTRoN (Posts: 135; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)


Sounds like a pokemon

posted on 18 Apr 2013, 14:29 1

14. Aeires (unregistered)


I used Evi before Google released Now. While Evi is a very capable app, I'm not sure I would say it's on par with Now. Whether it's on par with Siri, iUsers will have to answer that. Regardless, Amazon could benefit from this service.

posted on 18 Apr 2013, 19:54

16. speckledapple (Posts: 877; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)


I didn't think Evi was that good. Maybe I missed something?

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